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Taking the time to celebrate with your team can have a significant positive impact on team culture and retention. In addition to participating in celebrations on campus, engaging in campus wide events with your teams and individual colleagues can create a greater connection to your unit and the larger UI mission and operations. 

Campus Wide Celebrations

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week

When: January

An official university holiday was designated in 1995, these initial events have grown into a campus and community celebration that includes lectures, discussions, and cultural arts presentations.

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Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women

When: April

The CEAAW committee is an inclusive, cross-campus team that amplifies their collective voices at an annual event that spotlights female student scholarship winners as well as female faculty and staff doing inspirational work.

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University of Iowa Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony

When: May

Many campus groups come together to celebrate the fantastic work University of Iowa faculty and staff have accomplished throughout the year at this campus wide award ceremony planned and sponsored by the President's Office.

Heritage and Identity Celebrations

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In celebration of the histories and contributions of our diverse communities, the University of Iowa unifies around heritage months, days, and identity acknowledgments throughout the year. These recognitions are an opportunity for all members of the community to learn more about our stories, traditions, people, scholarship, history, and current experiences. 

Please Note: In addition to these Campus Wide Celebrations, there may be more local opportunities available to celebrate with your team. Ask your local HR and Leadership teams for more information regarding area specific celebrations.

Campus Wide Events

Discover Your University

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When: Spring, Summer, and Fall 

The Discovery Your University program offers sponsored visits to various campus sites.

Health and Well-Being Fair

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When: Fall

Create meaningful connections and boost your well-being at the UI Health and Well-Being Fair.

Homecoming at Iowa

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When: Fall

Homecoming week brings together students, faculty, staff, future Hawkeyes, and alumni.

On Iowa!

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When: Late Summer

Volunteer to welcome new first-year and transfer students to campus through On Iowa!  

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Staff Appreciation Weeks

There are many unique and diverse classifications and employee populations on campus. Consider celebrating these employee groups during "Appreciation Weeks/Days." Some units celebrate by creating unique Zoom backgrounds, posting appreciation posters, signing cards, and celebrating through a potluck or other food related gathering. 

Appreciation Weeks- By Month

January 11, 2024: International Thank You Day

January 12, 2024: National Pharmacist Day

February 3, 2024: Women Physicians Day

February 17, 2024: National Random Acts of Kindness Day

1st Week in February: Pride in Foodservice Week

March: National Social Work Month

March 1, 2024: Employee Appreciation Day

March 3-9, 2024: Dental Assistants Recognition Week

March 6, 2024: Dentist Day

March 8, 2024: International Women's Day

1st Week in April: Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

April 8-12, 2024: Student Employee Appreciation Week

2nd Week in April: National Library Week

April 14-20, 2024: Public Safety Telecommunications Week

April 24, 2024: Administrative Professionals Day

May 6-12, 2024: Nurses Week

June 6, 2024: National Higher Education Day

July 25, 2024: Intern Day

1st Wednesday in September: Global Talent Acquisition Day

3rd Friday in September: National Tradesmen Day

256th Day of the Year (Around 9/13): Day of the Programmer 

September 17, 2024: IT Professionals Day

September 25, 2024: National Food Service Employees Day

September 25, 2024: National Research Administrator Day

September 26, 2024: HR Professional Appreciation Day 

September 26, 2024: National Compliance Officer Day

October 2, 2024: National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day

October 16, 2024: National Boss' Day

October 28, 2024: National First Responders Day

November 10, 2024: Accounting Day

Please Note: This list is not exhaustive. Please contact if you have appreciation days or weeks that can be added to this list to represent additional employee populations. As you are planning celebrations, consider worldwide Holy Days by going to the BMindful website and adding them to your calendar.